In a nutshell, I am horrified at the portrayal. Franklin Lakes is a wonderful town filled with wonderful people…many of them non-mobsters. Most of the women I know are loving and caring and down to earth. While several DO visit the plastic surgeon and salon (yay!) frequently, most spend more time cheering on their children on the rec fields (turf of course), applauding them at school plays and reading with them at our fabulous library.
Sure, we have our nice share of zillionaires, mega mansions and oodles of Soprano-ish types (it is New Jersey after all), but in my 22 years as a resident I have encountered just a handful of “those” women that are more caught up in “lunching” than being the class mom. I have NEVER seen a table flipped up at a restaurant, nor do I know of any “spa” parties that serve up injections instead of facials. This is a real family (and I mean family) place.
Most of us work. We are burb of NYC so we have lots of Wall Streeters, several professional athletes and tons of professionals…doctors, lawyers…those types. However, there are enough thousand-aires, like me, who balance the town. Although the asking price of real estate has dropped with the current economy, the average price of a home in Franklin Lakes remains well over a million dollars. However, I guarantee, most of the owners were not paying for their furniture in CASH.
95% of Ramapo High School graduates go on to college and this year at least 8 are off to Ivy League Universities. I spoke to the guidance office and we all know of just ONE graduate who wants to open a combo carwash/strip joint. Unfortunately it was he who was profiled. Bummer.
I get fatigued defending New Jersey ALL THE TIME. It is such a great state and Franklin Lakes (exit 160) is a great town. I am proud to be from both!